The first human nation, Arathor, formed more than 2,800 years ago, and the philosophy that created the Church of the Holy Light developed soon after. In the last five years, the Argent Dawn and the Scarlet Crusade have both adapted the philosophy to suit their own agendas and broken off from the Church of the Holy Light as splinter groups.
The Cult of the Damned originated in this time as well. It was originally composed of downtrodden people hoping for social equality and eternal life. At the beginning the cultists didn't know that being undead usually meant a mindless existence. Since the Third War and the Plague, everyone knows that the Cult is evil and serving it often means empty undeath; the only people who join it now are crazed, sadistic people hoping to earn power and immortality.
Many independent factions follow the same faiths or philosophical leanings as Horde and Alliance members. Some factions possess unique interpretations of these mainstream faiths, however, and others follow paths unknown to the more established factions.
Cosmetic changes in the nature of worship are not enough to separate a truly independent faction from the rest of the church. Slightly different rituals, name changes or new titles merely indicate a new denomination. Independent factions show their uniqueness with completely different interpretations of the doctrines of the faith. In some cases, these factions might seem completely at odds with their parent organization, but claim to still follow the organization's tenets at heart.
Some faith-based organizations marry several different factions who follow the same philosophy in different ways, and have agreed to ally in order to accomplish a mutual goal. Druidic organizations most often follow this format; druids of different races unite to consolidate their efforts to protect the natural world.
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